People wearing protective face masks, following an outbreak of the coronavirus, are seen next to the Olympic rings in front of the Japan Olympic Museum in Tokyo, Japan, February 26, 2020.
Athit Perawongmetha | Reuters
There is mounting pressure to postpone the Olympics for the first time in their 124-year history.
Monday evening, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee reversed its course after surveying its athletes.
“It’s more clear than ever that the path towards postponement is the most promising,” the committee said in a statement.
The USOPC says 1,780 Team USA athletes shared their input on the games and the issues related to COVID-19.
“Our most important conclusion from this broad athlete response is that even if the current significant health concerns could be alleviated by late summer, the enormous disruptions to the training environment, doping controls and qualification process can’t be overcome in a satisfactory manner,” it adds.
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